WMUC Budget Situation

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UPDATE: We are now handling the @WMUCRadio account so please make sure you follow it for the latest news!
WMUC is currently facing a major financial crisis. We received our SGA budget allocations about four weeks ago. We requested $24,000 dollars and we only received $7,000. The funds we requested mostly cover telecommunications, including our internet and telephone that maintain our streams and this website. We also requested funds for our dues and fees that we incur as a radio station, and lastly funds for audio equipment that often needs replacement and repair.

We appealed to the SGA Finance Committee last week and were promptly denied our funds. Last night, we appeared before the SGA Legislature to appeal the decision of the Finance Committee and at around 9PM, after much back and forth deliberation (and after granting MaryPIRG $44,000), the SGA passed the amendment to grant WMUC an additional $6,000 so that we would have enough funds in our telecommunications budget to maintain operations. We celebrated in victory and we all went home. Unfortunately, we found out soon that the discussion did not end there.
Upon the Stamp reservation time running out at around midnight the SGA moved to the basement of Anne Arundel Hall to continue. Sports Business Director Jamie Forzato was given a tip and promptly rushed back to see what was going on. Apparently, the SGA had overbudgeted their appeal allocations. MaryPIRG’s $44,000 request to fund 2 non-student salaries for their lobbyists had left their allocations budget with about $4,000 left for the 12 other groups appealing. By 4 a.m., WMUC had lost the $6000 that we were granted, and most of the staff didn’t find out about this until the following morning.

We are raising awareness all over the net, watch out on twitter and make sure to follow @wmucradio, @wmucsports, @marioapareja, and @jamieforzato for up-to-date news. We have a fund raising event at the station tomorrow from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. hosted by DJ Boss Player for students. There will be loud music and not a lot of room so it will be fantastic. We also will have a larger fund raising event open to the public called WMUC Fest and more information can be found on the facebook event http://tinyurl.com/wmucfest.

If you would like to donate to the station please visit this website. www.tinyurl.com/savewmuc

Your General Manager,
Mario Pareja-Lecaros

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